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A default is the setting, or value, that a computer program (or system) is given as a standard setting. It is likely to be the setting that 'most people' would choose. For example, the default font on your word processor maybe Times New Roman 10 pitch; unless you change this, it will remain at the default setting.

Defaults are used throughout the computer industry to enable software to work 'out of the box' and not require ordinary people ('Users') to spend hours selecting every conceivable option in advance - quite thoughtful really!

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